The cold winter weather combined with the fuel crisis and inflation has created chaos within our beloved health service. Nurses and other medical workers made the difficult decision to strike after years of being underpaid and undervalued. Ambulance waiting times soared during the year’s busiest period and it’s left many asking what can be done to fix the crisis.
Is this the result of 13 years of Tory governments scraping away at our precious and essential services? Should we start asking higher earners to pay for their GP and hospital visits? Can the NHS even survive in it’s current state? What changes need to be made for care to continue to be free at the point of delivery?
Dr Anita Raja is a practising GP, broadcaster and campaigner for wellbeing, especially within the Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. She has over a decade of experience looking after patients in the NHS and is passionate about addressing health inequalities in the ethnic minority groups in England. Her role as a media doctor has given her International fame as a key opinion leader during the COVID-19 pandemic, playing an instrumental role in overcoming vaccine hesitancy in the BAME community.
Dr Julia Patterson is the Founder and Chief Executive of EveryDoctor. A doctor who qualified from UCL Medical School in 2010, Julia became a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2015. She took a break from her speciality training to set up EveryDoctor, and has now given up her GMC licence to practice, in order to devote herself fully to advocating for NHS staff and patients. She remains a doctor on the GMC register.